Your provincial dental association (PDA) is a corporate member of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). Your PDA is also an excellent resource for information and networking for dental students and new dentists—see the contact details below. Additional resources in this section are provided by CDSPI, CDA and other related organizations that have helped produce this website.

Provincial Dental Association


CDSPI is a non-profit organization, whose members are the CDA and 9 provincial dental associations. CDSPI administers insurance and investment programs and other services meeting the needs of the Canadian dental profession and dental students.

Insurance Plans for Associates

Canadian Dental Association

Audio testimonials have been captured by CDA to provide dental students and new dentists with personal insights into the various career pathways available to Canadian dentists.

Dr. Julianne Proniuk - What's it like to be an associate in a dental practice?

Dr. Amanda Trotti - On her experience working in a variety of associateships around Toronto

Dr. Tobias Meiszinger - On choosing your associateship wisely

Dr. Dylan Olver - On his experience with an associateship in Vancouver

Dr. Becky Antel - My experience with a variety of associateships in Western Canada

Other Resources

Imtiaz Manji

Typical Elements of an Associateship Agreement by Imtiaz Manji
The Associateship Agreement typically contains the following elements: 1. A statement that defines the nature of the associateship relationship. Often, the statement will contain the phrase “independent contractor” if the associate is not a true employee of the practice. If the associate is responsible for paying their own taxes, the contract will usually require the associate to provide proof-of-payment to the host dentist so they cannot be held liable if the associate fails to pay their taxes.

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Academy of General Dentistry

Academy of General Dentistry questions that any dentist should ask before getting involved with any practice model.
Important questions every dentist should ask before making a practice model decision (from the 2013 Investigative Report on the Corporate Practice of Dentistry from the Academy of General Dentistry): a. Who is my employer? b. Who can create or edit a treatment plan? Who is responsible for the treatment plan? Do I have the authority to disagree or change a treatment plan?

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David Rosenthal (Lawyer)

Associate Agreements from the Associate's Perspective (Part 1) by David Rosenthal (Lawyer)
An associate agreement is the legal contract that details the arrangements between the dentist who owns the practice (Principal) and the associate dentist (Associate) hired to work at the practice. For most new graduates, the associate agreement will be the first legal agreement they enter into as a practicing dentist. There are a number of issues to consider when becoming an Associate and signing an associate agreement (Agreement).

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Associate Agreements from the Associate's Perspective (Part 2) by David Rosenthal (Lawyer)
In summary, the Associate should review the Agreement carefully and consult with his or her own professional advisors to ensure the Associate understands the Agreement and all rights and obligations before signing it.

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